British Minehunter Afloat After Lengthy Drydocking
Royal Navy minehunter HMS Chiddingfold is back in the water after spending eight months in dry dock for a significant upgrade.
The ship has been fitted with new Caterpillar C32 diesel engines - replacing her old Napier Deltics - which will extend her operational life, improve efficiency and reliability and reduce emissions.
HMS Chiddingfold's Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Richard Rees, said:
"It is a real boost for the ship's company and the project as a whole to see the ship back in the water after a long time in dock, and we are excited to be the first to try out the new systems."
The 40-strong ship's company will now work with BAE Systems to test the new machinery before the ship starts sea trials later in the year.